Survey: Most drivers believe distracted driving is a rising issue

A new survey reveals that most drivers believe that distracted driving is an issue that continues to get worse.

Every day in West Virginia, many people are harmed in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. At James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C., we help many of the people injured in these car accidents and due to a recent survey, we believe the number of drivers who operate a vehicle while distracted is on the rise.

Survey results

In a recent survey conducted by AAA, nine out of 10 of the participants responded that they believe distracted driving is an increasing problem. This aligns with the results of the 2017 Traffic Safety Index, which reported that approximately 88 percent of those who participated worried most about distracted driving when compared with other issues, like drugged driving, drunk driving, traffic congestion and aggressive driving.

Despite the results of this survey, federal estimates maintain that in recent years, collisions related to distracted driving have been reduced by about two percent. However, this variance in user findings and statistics may be caused by underreported statistics regarding the issue. According to prior research from AAA that involved using teenage drivers and dash cam videos, distraction may be involved in up to 58 percent of all car accidents.

The problem with distracted driving

While most people associate distracted driving with texting and driving, distracted driving can be defined as any activity that removes a person's full attention from driving. Some examples of distracted driving besides cellphone use include:

  • Talking on the phone
  • Eating or drinking
  • Talking to other passengers in the car
  • Changing the channel on the stereo
  • Inputting information into a navigation system

Activities like these, as well as cellphone use, contributed to 3,477 deaths in 2015 alone and 391,000 injuries, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also estimates that during the day, about 660,000 drivers are using their cellphones as they operate a vehicle. While drivers of any age can fall victim to distraction, teenagers are the largest age group reported to be distracted at the time of fatal collisions.

Contact James Humphreys

Car accidents caused by distracted driving in West Virginia can create emotional, physical and financial challenges for the victims involved. These consequences can last for a short period of time or create lifelong complications, depending on the severity of the injuries. Those who were injured in a distracted driving-related collision should contact James Humphreys for assistance and guidance to ensure their best legal interests are protected.